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  WITHERNSEA
by Graham whittaker
Monday, April 04, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Withernsea is a small town on the East Coast of Yorkshire. Now knowns as Humberside. This is just a memory of more than 40 years ago. And the style is a deliberate tribute to my hero Sir John Betjamen


WITHERNSEA
by DORA GRAHAM

Mother always set the table; four o'clock as school let out.
Bells electric, blue-black blazers, school scarves streaming, joyous shouts.
Past the lighthouse, white and gleaming, bicycles and busses crowd.
Raggy, baggy leather satchels, inky fingers, voices loud.
Sun-shot seaside, bingo parlours, slot machines and dodgem cars.
Teenage walks with teenage wenches, on the prom beneath the stars.
"Stoney Island" on the out-tide, sand eels shiny in the sun.
Crabs and whelks and periwinkles, wildwood childhood.... days now gone.
Rambling brambles in the country; damsons, conkers, free-range eggs.
Work-won bounty, rural booty; scrapes and scratches to our legs.
Misty morning mushroom hunting; out at five and back by six.
Mother had the kettle boiling; bacon, eggs and mushroom mix.
Auntie Gwen and Auntie Winnie, Gran, and Grandad, Uncle Jack.
Cousins, Michael, Ian, Andrew; memories come flooding back.
Christmas carols, Mr Lunns house, up Hull Road, just out of town.
Hot Mince-pies and Stones Green Ginger; Home again with half-a-crown.
Friends and family, stoic safety; careless childhood wild and free.
Older now, the tired traveller misses "home" in Withernsea.
D.G 1995



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Reviewed by Lois Christensen 2/27/2008
Great. Have a pen pal from Daventry and she came to U.S. and went to play bingo with me one night. She said it was different than Eng. but I do not know if she knows of this place. Will have to ask her.

She loved the states and our visit together. Lois C
Reviewed by Samuel Stone 7/15/2005
Excellent poem...entertaining and well written, I enjoyed reading it...I wish you well with your writings...
Sam
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/5/2005
enjoyed the read
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/4/2005
This is outstanding! The meter and rhyme along with
the content make this prose a joy to read! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen

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Picking Up Peas With Chopsticks

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